During the international UOAW meeting in Cusco, Peru, the local UOAW Lima team organized an incredible gathering with representatives from different First Nations within the Andean territory of Peru.
Among the wise guests were Lorenzo Capa Apaza known as Pampamisayoc (master in Andean rituals) and his father, Don Martin Quispe Machaca, distinguished as altomishayoq or Kuraq Akulliq, the highest degree in the dynasty of healers. Both are from the community of Los Qeros, located in Cusco, Peru.
The meeting also including Tayta Shanti from the Andean highland communities of Ayacucho, Peru, who told us about his experience and research, and about the fact that his community is completely vegetarian.
The grandmother Teresa Rayme Molina, representative of the Andean highland communities of Cusco spoke about the Chakana representing a significant part of the human life journey. Part of the chakana’s importance is seeking the balance of human beings, the vertical side represents the spiritual path and the horizontal side represents the material path. The chakana symbolizes each human being and their quest to find the balance between spirit and matter. The world is currently undergoing a moment of transformation known as Pachakute, grandmother Teresa Rayme Molina explained, a moment in which people from all over the planet come together to give way to the rebirth of the ancestors.
Grandmother Teresa was accompanied by Mario Aucca Rayme from La Plata, Argentina, where he manages the Academy of the Quechua Language. Expert in languages, he guided participants in reflection on several words, their meaning in Spanish and their Latin origin. In his research on the essence of words, he explained that the word pensamiento (thought) is not to his liking, because he explained that after thinking (pienso) comes lying (miento). His proposal for this word was pensa-siento, from thinking to feeling.
Grandmother Martina offered a song to nature, remembering the importance of honoring Mother Quilla and Wiracocha, regents of the natural Mother.
Representatives of the Q’ero people shared a play, reminding participants that the Pachamama has brought us gifts like the clouds, the bird that sings and the crying of a baby. She has brought us to this universe to be her children, “We existed before the Incas, we are the people built of mud”. They represented the story of one of the highest mountains in Cusco, the great Apu Pachatusan (the one that sustains the world).
Representing the ancestral communities of Brazil, we were accompanied by Daosha, a female community leader who has participated a variety of encounters for the defense of her territory and the legacy of her ancestors.